Cowboys and carnivals

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Cowboy poetry and good old-fashioned fun

This month, two of our favourite Tri-region celebrations kick-off: Stony Plain’s annual Cowboy Gathering and brings together poets, musicians and artists in honour of cowboy culture and art. And Spruce Grove’s Grain Elevator Park is the scene for the Farm and Heritage Carnival – where kids can play games, ride ponies and eat corn on the cob.

Image: family fun at the grain elevator from Spruce Grove Ag Society on Facebook

Cowboy gathering in Stony Plain

For two decades, cowboys – and cowgirls too – have gathered in these here parts to share stories about life in the saddle with the lizards and cattle through poetry, songs and art. The Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering is coming up in two whoops and a holler on Aug 9 & 10.

Stay, dance, eat, pray

Park your RV or pitch your tent at the onsite campground and listen to music all Saturday afternoon from 2 – 10 pm at Stony’s Heritage Park pavilion main stage. Or take in workshops at the pioneer church at 2 and 4 pm. Then stay up with the stars and the nighthawks – the Saturday night dance starts at 10. Wake up early to a Sunday pancake breakfast at 8 and a very musical cowboy church service from 10 – 11:30.

Free on Sunday

Tickets for Saturday are $35, the pancake breakfast is $5 and Sunday morning church is free. Check out all the local and long-drifting saddle-bums playing this weekend on the Cowboy Gathering schedule.

Carnival fund-raiser in Spruce Grove

Bring the gang to Spruce Grove’s Grain Elevator Park on Aug 16 from noon – 4 pm for the Farm and Heritage Carnival. The festival has everything kids love – pony rides, adorable mini farm animals and face painting – they’ll do you up as your fave movie character.

Good old-fashioned fun

Play oldey-timey games like egg whipping, cow milking and digging for gold, explore the old grain elevator and take a spin on the carousel. By now, you’ll be hungry for fresh roasted corn on the cob, burgers, sausages and potato salad. There’s also live music and farm fresh food at the Farmer’s Market.

Summer fund-raiser

Carnival tickets range from $1 – $5. All proceeds from the summer family festival go to help the Spruce Grove Ag Society maintain the grain elevator and water tower in the park now – and will also fund construction of a train station on the site. I know a junior-conductor-in-training who’ll totally dig that!